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Old 08-09-2010, 08:34 AM
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Keep it simple, I have the 2900 in my 40.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:44 AM
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here's the book http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/books/0134.html

and here's info on where to take the tests http://www.qsl.net/n0iak/hamradio/exams.html
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:52 AM
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This link should take you to a study guide. I used this guide to prepare for my Technician exam. It will cover what you need to know in a condensed, no nonsense manner. When I prepared for my General exam I picked up the book.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:25 AM
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I've replaced the volume/power/squelch knobs on my FT-8800R a couple of times. They are co-linear potentiometers with a push switch, so a lot happening in a small area and thus are fragile and prone to bending and snapping. Be careful where you mount the face so that it can't be bumped or stepped on.

In my case I had my radio mounted up high near the ceiling. One side was broken due to an indiscriminate dog who bumped his noodle on the lower right knob and bent the shaft and the other was the clumsy oaf driver hitting his noodle one too many times. The shafts are soft brass and do not lend themselves easily to bending back for repair nor (being cast) are very amenable to soldering.

OTOH, now if (or when) it happens to others, I know the part numbers and technique to replacing them... They are not expensive, about $8 IIRC.

IMVHO the radio is pretty delicate for the inside of a FJ40 and seemed marginal inside a relatively less abusive Hilux. But none-the-less, I have moved it out of the truck and inside the house and expect it to live out its life as a base station radio...
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:14 PM
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Plus the stupid buttons don't light up!

Hard enought in a plush riding Lexus to get your finger on the right button in the daylight...Forget about it in a bouncing 40 or at night - I'm seriously considering getting some of that glowing paint, whatever it is, and seeing what happens
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:30 PM
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HRO had a fire sale last fall or this spring can't remember that far back....on FT2800s which were discontinued for the 2900s...I bought a couple and kept one for our 80 series..

Anyway, I think they were selling them for 125.00

You might call them and see if they have anymore at that price.

Most of the guys have Yaseu but a few of us also have ICOM, so if you find a good deal on either one, someone in the club should be able to program it for you, no worries.
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Sorry, what is HRO?
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ham radio outlet

800-444-9476 303-745-7373 24 HOUR FAX 303-745-7394 denver@hamradio.com
8400 E. Iliff Ave #9, Denver CO 80231

N 39 40.476 W 104 53.444 DM79nq

http://hamradio.com/
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